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077 Stone, Halterburn Ford, Kirk Yetholm.

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This large stone, probably a glacial erratic, can be seen standing alongside the dry stone wall on the west side of the ford crossing Halter Burn near Kirk Yetholm. The stone measures, 1.60m long x 1.25m high x 1.10m high and may possibly be a marker stone indicating the crossing point or ford. It also stands beside an ancient trackway leading into the Cheviot Hills, that also forms part of The Pennine Way. See Notes for more on this stone.

From Kirk Yetholm follow narrow minor road up steep hill with passing places. Immediately after road drops down to valley floor, turn left into large grassed parking area. On foot, follow sign posted footpath marked Pennine Way across foot bridge, then head downstream to dry stone wall. The stone is easily visible from the parking area.

A large off-road parking area is available but can be busy during holidays. Take care not top block access for farm vehicles.

While this isolated stone may initially appear to simply be the result of field clearance, the fact that is has survived the scavenging of stone for the dry stone wall immediately next to it, does suggest it's there for a reason. Being located beside an ancient and well used trackway heading into the Cheviot Hills and on into Northumberland, also suggests a reason for its continued existence. The nearby ford across Halter Burn is perhaps the most obvious reason, with the stone marking this spot. There are also no other similar stones in the area to suggest it might just be another boulder.

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Quick Info
Type: Other Stone
Nearest Town: Kelso
Nearest Village: Yetholm
Landranger Sheet 74
O.S. Outdoor Leisure 16
Grid Reference: NT 8410 2770
GPS Reference: HALTRB

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Other Sites Nearby
058 Stob Stanes, Stob Rig, Kirk Yetholm.
059 Boundary Stone, Stob Rig, Kirk Yetholm.

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